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Blue Apron Review

Blue Apron Subscription Box{by alicia} Now that the hubbub of the holidays is behind us; it’s full steam ahead with work, classes, and business/personal travel. Part of me wants to laugh hysterically at the thought of juggling my household, grocery shopping, and eating reasonably on top of all this. Another (bigger) part wants to curl up into a ball and whine about it. Fortunately, Blue Apron gave me the chance to try a few meals and maintain some of my dwindling sanity. Though I was given this meal kit for free; all opinions all my own.

But where was I? Oh yes, dwindling sanity.

It was my first time with a meal kit delivery service, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was so simple. You pick your plan and preferences (including a vegetarian option), and that’s it! Your box is delivered and you’re all set to whip up something spectacular. My box arrived as scheduled, and it included three recipes with perfectly portioned ingredients for two. Ingredients arrived cold, packaged well, and labeled clearly. I could get used to this.

I received fixings for Spicy Shrimp & Korean Rice Cakes with Cabbage & Furikake, Guacamole Burgers with Roasted Red Onion & Sweet Potato, and Seared Chicken & Couscous with Broccoli & Lemon-Yogurt Sauce. Um, yes please.

The biggest decision was what to make first! I’m a sucker for Korean, so I went with the shrimp. I followed the recipe sheet to figure out which items I needed to grab, which took about five seconds. In this case it was the rice cakes, cabbage, shrimp, green onion, and knick knacks (mainly condiments/flavoring).

Following the recipe was super easy. It took one pan, and 30 minutes from start to finish. After washing and chopping the produce, it was a matter of cooking up the veggies, shrimp, and rice cakes, then combining and adding the knick knacks to finish it off. We need to use the word “knick knacks” more often.

The end result was a meal with high-quality ingredients and a delicious taste. And check out how beautifully it plated! Trust me, my typical home cooking does not look like this. Mine is more rustic (though, oy, some of those knife cuts in the photo look rustic).

blue apron shrimp with korean rice cakesThe only constructive criticism I would have is that the recipes contained a lot more oil than I would typically use. However, this was not a real issue because you can make tweaks without compromising the flavor. In fact, I didn’t use any oil (or guacamole) in the burger recipe, and it was one of my favorites. We ended up skipping the guac because my avocado was rock hard–this was my own fault because I stuck it in the fridge like a dimwit. No matter, we’ll have it another day.

All-in-all, this was a positive experience and great for those of us with little time. If you’re interested in making your life easier by trying three meals FOR FREE, click here!

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